Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance
July 2018 Newsletter
LOYAL to LOCAL has Successfully Launched

The Alliance's Small Business Retention and Growth task force has been working diligently to create the Loyal to Local campaign. They have succeeded in gathering a group of more than 100 businesses to participate! 

The Alliance recognizes the important role local businesses play in contributing to our economic success.

The goal is to bring more awareness to this through the Loyal to Local campaign, encouraging community members to support local businesses by shopping locally whenever possible. 

Distribution of promotional materials for the campaign, including yard signs and flags, began on June 21   and the media advertising and social media messages commenced on July 1 .

For more information or if you would like to be involved in the Loyal to Local Campaign, please visit the Loyal to Local website. Thank you to all participants!

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Input Requested: Dickinson County Master Plan Survey

You may have already seen the Dickinson County Master Plan Survey that has been distributed throughout the community. The Planning Commission would appreciate your input and participation in completing the survey. The survey information collected will help form the County's next Master Plan and guide the future growth and development of our County for the next decade. 

There is a link on the homepage of the County's website.   The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please share your ideas to help guide the Planning Commission's efforts.

Reminder that responses are being collected until July 20th.

Bay West Leadership Academy

Bay College West is pleased to announce the launch of the Bay West Leadership Academy (BWLA). The academy is centered on developing meaningful leadership skills, understanding the opportunities and challenges facing Dickinson County, and networking. 

The program will benefit those interested in developing leadership skills and becoming involved in the community along with helping emerging young talent and mid-level employees to advance their leadership skills.

Applications are being accepted until July 27.
Details can be found here
Talent and Education Task Force Spotlight

The primary focus of the Alliance's Talent and Education Task Force is to recruit, retain, and grow the talent necessary to support the needs of employers in the Dickinson area. 

Most recently the Talent and Education Task Force's efforts have not gone unnoticed by the community, as they hosted a social for interns and co-op students in the area with the goal of making Dickinson County feel more like a place they could call home.  The 27 students and interns who participated were given information on opportunities and activities happening in the area, as well as a chance to become more acquainted with each other and the community. 

The task force has also convened a Human Resources Roundtable of major employers in the area, where a talent attraction tool was presented . Their hard work doesn't stop there, over the 4th  of July holiday they distributed flyers - "Your Hometown is More than a Place to Visit" - that included 10 reasons why people should move back to Dickinson County, at the  parade in Kingsford/Iron Mountain, as well as at the Badwater Ski-ters show.
A BIG thank you to Katie Schinderle and Craig Allen for all of their efforts in co-leading this group and to all participants for sharing their time and expertise with us!
  • Craig Allen & Katie Schinderle, Co-chairs
  • Taylor Barron, Upward Talent Council
  • Nikki Bowers, Systems Control
  • Kevin Carlson, Bay West
  • Theresa Caylor, Systems Control
  • Justin Cowen, Breitung Township Schools
  • Steve Feira, M.J. Electric
  • Russ Kassin, First National Bank & Trust
  • Steve Lehmann, Young Professionals
  • Steve Miller, Lake Shore Systems
  • Mike Mulligan, Dickinson Iron Tech Center
  • Evan Rice, CCI Systems
  • Raphael Rittenhouse, Iron Mountain Schools
  • Gina Wollner, Bay West
Business After Hours Fun

Thank you to the many Alliance Investors and Task Force members, along with our Bay West friends, who attended Business After Hours on June 19 .  The weather could not have been better along with the cozy setting on the patio at Bay West!

Business After Hours is a great opportunity for participants to network and connect with other members of the community. 

Thank you to Gina Wollner at Bay West for her event planning assistance and expertise as we co-hosted this event. About 80 attendees enjoyed appetizers from Crispignia's, music by Mark Young, cold refreshing beverages, and great networking conversations.
How to do Business with the V.A.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a workshop focusing on procurement procedures and business opportunities for veteran owned businesses.  Please see below for more details. 

You can also register  here .

Contact Alliance Executive Director, Lois Ellis
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Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 19
Alliance Board of Directors Meeting
Systems Control
7:15 a.m.
Legislative News - Marshall Plan Funding

Governor Rick Snyder signed the Marshall Plan for Talent legislation on June 26 .  

The $100 million plan, first introduced in February, hopes to fill the talent gap in Michigan by encouraging collaboration between employers and educators to provide students with the education necessary to fill high-paying jobs that are currently in demand. 

The plan hopes to improve the talent pool in Michigan by focusing on teaching skills though apprenticeships and internships in fields where demand for talent is expected to increase in Michigan in the future. 

Open Call for Local Images

The Marketing and Branding Task Force of the Alliance invites you to share your favorite images and videos of our area. 

We are eager to promote the area's activities and assets and are seeking good quality images and videos to help tell our story. 

Please help by sharing your favorite photo or short video.  Photos that tell a story on what it means to live in our area or show people enjoying a local activity will help us share the unique benefits of the Dickinson County area. 

We ask that each submission be original, owned by the submitter and of local subjects in the Dickinson County Area.

Content can be uploaded through our Google Drive link

Contact Lois Ellis with questions.